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THE VALET aka LA DOUBLURE
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
Cast: Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Richard Berry, Virginie Ledoyen, Dany Boon, Michel Jonasz, Michel Aumont, Laurent Gamelon, Patrick Mille, Michele Garcia, Philippe Magnan, Jean Yves Chilot, Irina Ninova, Philippe Beglia, Noemie Lenoir, Sandra Moreno, Pol Brissart, Philippe Brigaud, Alexandre Brik, Thierry Humbert, Paulette Frantz, Perrache Thierry
Director: Francis Veber
Countries: France / Italy / Belgium
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 85 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sexual content and language
USA Release Date: 20 April 2007 (Limited Release -New York)
Written and directed by French filmmaker Francis Veber, THE VALET is his latest comedy and follows his previous successes with THE CLOSET, SHUT UP! and THE DINNER GAME.
Married billionaire Pierre Levasseur (Daniel Auteuil) is caught on camera out on a date with his supermodel mistress Elena Simonsen (Alice Taglioni) by an intrusive papparazzo. Trying to worm his way out of a tricky situation and avoid an expensive divorce, he lies to his wife, Christine (Kristen Scott Thomas), by claiming that another man who was also caught in the photo is in fact Elena's boyfriend, not him!
He emphatically argues that he is just an innocent passer-by he tracks down this other stranger - parking valet François Pignon (Gad Elmaleh). Somehow Pierre has to convince the beautiful Elena to go and live with François so that it will appear his wife's accusations are unfounded.